Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

Tuesday 23 November 2021 (10:00 - 15:30)


£115.00 (£135.00 non-members)

We know that progress reviews should be designed so that learners know what they need to do to improve, yet so often Ofsted reports these reviews as no more than tick-box exercises. The problem is often an over-emphasis on consistency rather than impact. The key to outstanding progress reviews is to move the focus from process to impact; this session shows how this can be achieved.

In this face-to-face training event, which is ideal for progress coaches, learning mentors, and those dealing with the progress of apprentices on an ongoing basis, participants will be given the tools to create a Quality Standard for progress review practice, setting out precisely the difference they intend to make to learners. Aiming to win over the hearts and minds of staff to look at progress monitoring through a new lens, the session ends with the evaluation of a filmed progress review, testing out delegates’ new understanding through the observation and evaluation of a tutor at work.

To deliver this event, we are delighted to welcome back Tony Davis from the Centre for Creative Quality Improvement (CCQI) to Robins Wood House to facilitate this event.

In short, the focus of the session is to support all those staff with a remit for supporting the learner journey, whether this role is a mentoring/coaching role or is part of apprenticeship provision. It will draw on knowledge and experience of inspection to help reviewers set out what they want to achieve, the difference they want to make, and the key strategies needed to transform a progress review to outstanding.

Tony will guide participants through an approach which will help their learners to look ahead to the obstacles they may encounter and the strategies they need to develop in order to succeed. Previous participants testify to the value of this approach:

  • "I think the structure of our reviews needs to change to allow us to focus on the important things rather than ticking boxes for Ofsted/funding." (East Coast College)
  • "This session has totally made me rethink the systems and process we have in place in my setting and how we can change the focus moving forward." (Quest Training).
  • "Spending time to listen, rather than the exercise being an audit trail!" (Wirral Metropolitan College)

Please note: due to current social distance guidance, places for this event will be limited.

Key Speakers

Tony Davis

Director, Centre for Creative Quality Improvement

Former HMI and manager of both the ALI and Ofsted Good Practice Databases.

  • How to find us

    Robins Wood House Training Centre is located in Aspley, about 2.5 miles to the north west of Nottingham city centre. It is easily accessible from the M1 (Junctions 25 & 26) and there are public transport links from the city centre. The nearest train station is Nottingham. Car parking at Robins Wood House is free.

    Please click here to find us on Google Maps.  Our postcode is NG8 3NH.

  • Would you like this session delivered directly to your staff?

    If you would like this, or a similar session, delivered to your staff within your organisation, please contact our Professional Development team to explore options.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.